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  • Man gets 6 years for killing

    The man accused of fatally stabbing his older brother in the neck in 2010 has been sentenced to six years in prison after entering a plea in the case.

    Joseph “JoJo” Maestas, 44, had been scheduled to go on trial this week. But during a pre-trial hearing on Dec. 21, he pleaded no contest to a single count of voluntary manslaughter.

    Maestas was initially charged with an open count of murder. As part of the plea agreement, the charge was reduced to voluntary manslaughter, and a second charge — tampering with evidence — was dismissed.

  • First Baby of 2012

    DelAmor Salazar-Griego made her grand entrance several weeks early to become Alta Vista Hospital’s first baby of 2012.

    She was born at 6:17 a.m. Tuesday to parents Josie Salazar of Las Vegas and David Griego of Peñasco. DelAmor is a healthy baby born with a full head of hair.

    Her original due date was Jan. 29. She now joins her other siblings: Miranda Chacon, Anthony Chacon, Leo Chacon and Macario Griego.

  • New House districts pair incumbents

    The House redistricting plan approved by a state judge this week leaves incumbents Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate and Nick Salazar, D-Ohkay Owingeh, in the same district, meaning that they’ll have to battle it out later this year if both decide to seek re-election.

    Garcia told the Optic he will seek re-election. Salazar, a state lawmaker since 1973, told the Santa Fe New Mexican that he’s considering retiring because the new map “butchers” his district and pits him against a Democrat incumbent.

  • LFC budget seeks $250M increase

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A legislative committee proposed a budget Wednesday that will increase spending by $250 million next year and provide higher take-home pay for public employees for the first time since 2008.

    The recommendations by the Legislative Finance Committee will serve as a foundation for budget decisions when the Legislature convenes later this month.

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 6, 2012

    Filing day for city election is Tuesday

    Anyone planning to run for mayor or either of the two council seats up for grabs during the March 6 municipal election needs to file a declaration of candidacy with the city clerk between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday. 

  • Weather - Jan. 6, 2012

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. North wind 5 to 10 mph, becoming south. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 31. South wind around 5 mph.   

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. South wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

    Sunday
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

  • FYI - News - Jan. 6, 2012

    Happy birthday, New Mexico. President William Howard Taft signed New Mexico into statehood at about 11:35 a.m. a century ago today. A variety of events are planned across the state to mark the Centennial, including the release of a Centennial stamp and a birthday party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Jan. 6, in the Capitol rotunda thrown by Keep New Mexico Beautiful.

  • Two businesses recognized for energy upgrades

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and U.S. Rep. Tom Udall paid a visit on Tuesday to Lifestyle Medicine, an office building owned by Dr. Bradley Kanode, at 1301 Eighth St.

    The occasion was to honor Kanode, who accepted a certificate of congratulations from Terry Brunner, state director of USDA Rural Development. The tour of Kanode’s facility included viewing of energy efficient and alternative energy projects financed by USDA Rural Development in New Mexico.

  • APD fatally shoots suspect

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A police officer shot and killed a suspected burglar moments after the armed, masked man stole a safe from the Albuquerque Catholic Center, police said.

    The shooting was the city’s 21st involving a police officer since January 2010. It occurred late Wednesday after the bandit pulled a gun on a security guard and fired shots at the officer, police said.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Casino consultant sues pueblo officials
    SANTA FE — A Nevada casino consultant has filed suit against the leadership of the Pojoaque (poh-WAH'-kay) Pueblo including President George Rivera and other top pueblo officials alleging they violated the law when terminating his firm and revoking its gaming license.